At KIPP SoCal, we realize our school communities use a lot of buzzwords and phrases that can be hard to keep up with.
To help our students, families, team members, and community members navigate the acronyms and words we frequently use, we’ve created a glossary to help ground everyone in our KIPP SoCal culture.
Frequently Used Terms
Anti-racism is an activist in focus and firmly rooted in the civil and human rights struggles in the U.S. and internationally. Based on understanding the history of racism and oppression, this expressly political approach emphasizes distinctions between personal prejudice and institutional oppression. The anti-racism approach goes beyond a focus on racism and addresses other forms of oppression. It examines the parallels, intersections, and distinctions between all forms of oppression. The anti-racism approach is transformative and not additive, reformist, or assimilationist.
Actions that demonstrate KIPP SoCal’s commitment and responsibility in taking a leading stance against systemic racism, discrimination, bias, and educational injustice.
An adult KIPP team member, teacher, or other KIPP staff.
Big KIPPster Kickoff is a personalized onboarding experience that welcomes all new school-site team members.
California Department of Education
Chanting has become a signature technique in KIPP schools to inspire and instill KIPPsters into the culture. Although there is no one way to do chants, chants are usually accompanied by clapping, stomping, and banging. They can also be used to teach anything from Grammar to Algebra.
Compton Unified School District
Disproportionality is the overrepresentation or underrepresentation of a group in outcomes relative to the presence of this group in the overall student population. It can also speak to a specific group's lack of access to services, resources, opportunities, curriculum, special programs, etc., relative to the overall student population.
English Language Arts. A series of courses that aims at developing the student’s comprehension and capacity for the use of written and oral language.
EL OR ELL
English learner or English language learner.
Expanded Learning Program. Our Expanded Learning Program provides students full access to enriching, engaging, safe and nurturing opportunities all year round.
End-of-year. Referring to the end of the fiscal/school year.
The elimination of disproportionality and disparity. Equity asks, “Who is being overrepresented? Who is being underserved? Who is experiencing consistently bad outcomes?” and then seeks to correct those concerns. In an anti-racist framework, equity requires intentional efforts to address the specific needs and experiences of communities affected by racism. It involves identifying and rectifying the systemic barriers that hinder the progress and success of marginalized racial groups. This may include allocating resources, opportunities, and support based on an understanding of historical and present-day racial inequalities.
FIELD TRIPS/FIELD LESSONS
Field trips and field lessons are an integral part of the KIPP curriculum. These experiences extend the lesson beyond the classroom and are meaningful experiences for all KIPPsters.
An Individual Education Program (IEP) is developed for eligible students during an ARD (Admission, Review, and Dismissal) annual meeting.
Intersectionality is the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups, to produce and sustain complex inequities.
Formerly KIPP Through College (KTC), KIPP Forward supports KIPP SoCal students and alumni with individual, personalized counseling on their journeys to and through high school, college, career, and life.
A student or alum of KIPP SoCal.
Los Angeles Unified School District
If the number of applications received is greater than the seats available, a public lottery is held. A charter school lottery is a random selection process by which applicants are admitted to a charter school to ensure that all applicants that do not have an enrollment priority have an equal chance of being admitted.
Lower school (elementary school) is the term used for our TK-4th grade campuses.
Montebello Unified School District
National School Lunch Program. All public schools receive federal funding to support free and reduced-cost access to lunch and breakfast daily. Schools collect family income information at the beginning of the year to identify which students qualify for support.
KIPP SoCal uses a region-wide notification system called ParentSquare to communicate with all families regarding school news and events, emergency situations, attendance, school events, and other important updates.
Racism involves one group having the power to carry out systematic discrimination through the institutional policies and practices of society and by shaping the cultural beliefs and values that support those racist policies and procedures. It is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on phenotype that unfairly disadvantages or advantages some individuals and communities.
The annual re-enrollment process kicks off in January of each school year. All enrolled families must declare their intent to return to a KIPP school for the following year, update their information, and submit all required documentation. For more information, please visit www.kippsocal.org/enroll.
Restorative practices foster a school culture grounded in respect, trust, and connectivity. It aims to heal and learn from incidents and responses.
When a current KIPP student is about to transition from a KIPP lower school (elementary school) to a KIPP upper school (middle school).
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium utilizes computer-based tests and performance tasks to evaluate students’ grade-level proficiencies in both Math and English.
San Diego Unified School District
Social-emotional learning fosters the social and emotional skills of students. At KIPP SoCal, SEL begins in Pre-K with a curriculum teaching self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Special Education in partnership with families of eligible students with learning disabilities and special needs.
School Leader is what we call a school principal.
SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SYSTEMS
School-wide positive behavior systems set, teach, and reinforce clear behavior expectations; collect and analyze data; celebrate and adjust.
TEAM AND FAMILY
Team and Family is how we define our entire KIPP SoCal community.
Trama-informed practices understand the impact stress and trauma have on children’s bodies and their ability to regulate their emotions and behavior.
Upper school (middle school) is the term used for our 5-8th grade campuses.
The list of students selected who did not get selected for a seat in the school during the lottery but could be contacted if a seat becomes available.
KIPP Academy of Innovation
KIPP Academy of Opportunity
KIPP Adelante Academy
KIPP Corazón Academy
KIPP Comienza Community Prep
KIPP Compton Community School
KIPP Empower Academy
KIPP Endeavor College Prep
KIPP Generations Academy
KIPP Iluminar Academy
KIPP Ignite Academy
KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory
KIPP Philosophers Academy
KIPP Poder Public School
KIPP Promesa Prep
KIPP Pueblo Unido
KIPP Raíces Academy
KIPP Scholar Academy
KIPP Sol Academy
KIPP Vida Prep
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